I think that most people tend to be pretty quick to label themselves and others. Often time this comes about through identification with job or position in society. Or at least that was one of the first things that crossed my mind when reading about some rather confusing but intriguing details from an ongoing legal battle. On the surface of things it was about an investment bank called Laidlaw & Company fighting a medical research firm called Relmada Therapeutics. But again, this is only a description based on titles and names. It’s ultimately about people and how they interact with each other. Which is also why my curiosity was sparked by the fact that a temporary restraining order and associated injunction had been issued against Laidlaw. And in particular on the shoulders of two people within it, Matthew Eitner and James Ahern. The reasoning was that they were providing information which was deliberately misleading. But that in and of itself might be taken the same way. I’m simply not fond of people having their voice taken away. So I decided to look a bit closer at the company behind the restraining order.
Laidlaw, on the surface, seemed to be a fairly standard investment bank. But that in and of itself proved to be quite interesting due to the company’s longevity. Any large company staying in business for fifty years or so would be impressive. But Laidlaw had been operating since the 1840s. That kind of longevity often says more positive things about a company than any byline might.
But it’s really the people at the top which speaks most clearly to the real heart of a company. And this brought up two familiar names from the case, Matthew Eitner and James Ahern. And what I found really put a human face on things. It’s exactly why I dislike the idea of anyone being silenced, for whatever reason. They were very well represented on the site. There was quite a bit of information about their personal and professional life.